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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What happens if I do not meet the program requirements?
Unfortunately, we will have to remove you from our program. You may continue to seek counseling from our counselors but you would not be eligible for any scholarships or other perks provided through the program. You will also need to be removed for at least one semester before reapplying for the program.

How are students eligible for the Black Collegians scholarships?
Students must be active in the program and have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. All applicants must complete the SMC Scholarship Application and follow the guidelines set forth by the SMC Scholarship Office. Students who are active in the program and who have a higher GPA have a better chance of obtaining a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the end of each academic year to be used for the following year.

Do I have to enroll in the Black Collegians recommended courses?
No, it is not a requirement of the program to enroll in these courses. They are available to you because some of the content where appropriate has a focus on African American issues and multiculturalism.

Are Black Collegians students more successful?
Here are some stats about the program based on our most recent program review (Spring 2014 Program Review with stats provided by the SMC Office of Institutional Research) :

  • On average, black students who participated in the Black Collegians Program had statistically significantly higher GPAs than black students who did not.
  • A larger portion of Black Collegians students who were enrolled in a Black Collegians course persisted to the next fall term than program students who were not  enrolled in a Black Collegians course.
  • Students who were in the Black Collegians Program AND enrolled in a Black Collegians class tend to complete their classes and units at higher rates than students who did not participate in the Black Collegians Program or classes. 
  • Students who were in the Black Collegians Program AND enrolled in Black Collegians classes tend to be retained at a higher rate.
  • Black Collegians Program students successfully complete more courses attempted than black students who are not in the program.